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Most Americans don’t know that Facebook owns Instagram and WhatsApp, new Pew survey says

The illusion of consumer choice is as American as apple pie. Most Americans apparently just don’t know that truth also extends to the tech sector. Leading non-profit public opinion research organization.” Pew Research Center released a new report Wednesday measuring the digital literacy of American adults across topics like cybersecurity and the tech industry. Called…


The illusion of consumer choice is as American as apple pie. Most Americans apparently just don’t know that truth also extends to the tech sector.

Leading non-profit public opinion research organization.” Pew Research Center released a new report Wednesday measuring the digital literacy of American adults across topics like cybersecurity and the tech industry. Called the Americans and Digital Knowledge report, the results were pretty dismal: a majority of respondents could answer fewer than half of the ten (for the most part very basic) questions correctly.

One question concerned Facebook’s sprawling business interests. Pew asked survey respondents whether they thought that Facebook owns Instagram and WhatsApp (it does). Just 29 percent of people surveyed correctly answered in the affirmative — meaning that over 70 percent of Americans don’t know that Facebook owns Instagram and WhatsApp.

That’s not the most stable foundation of public knowledge for any potential future anti-trust inquiries into Facebook’s ownership of Instagram and WhatsApp.

Rather than being misinformed, however, most Americans are actually under-informed. While 22 percent answered incorrectly, nearly half – 49 percent – responded that they were “not sure” whether Facebook owned Instagram and WhatsApp.

Pew says that this result indicates that people’s use of social media is out of joint with their understanding of the companies.

“We found that even as a majority of American adults use Facebook, they aren’t that knowledgeable about some aspects related to the business side of the company,” Monica Anderson, Pew’s associate director of research, told Mashable. “Only around 20% correctly identified WhatsApp and Instagram as two companies owned by the company. And around half reported being unsure. So there is relatively low levels of familiarity with the co

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Netflix removed 9 films and TV shows due to government demands. Here’s why.

Doesn’t it suck when your favorite movies and TV shows get removed from Netflix?  When Netflix lost Friends at the beginning of the year, fans of the show were really disappointed. But, hey, that’s showbiz. Rights to movies and TV shows get bought, sold, and expire all the time. But did you know that Netflix…

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Doesn’t it suck when your favorite movies and TV shows get removed from Netflix? 

When Netflix lost Friends at the beginning of the year, fans of the show were really disappointed. But, hey, that’s showbiz. Rights to movies and TV shows get bought, sold, and expire all the time.

But did you know that Netflix has removed movies and TV shows from its service at the demand of foreign governments? Thanks to Netflix’s new efforts to be more transparent, we now know for the first time exactly what content has been removed due to these demands.

According to Netflix’s , the company has removed nine titles in its streaming history in compliance with government takedown demands. The takedowns all occurred between 2015 and 2020.

Government takedowns aren’t a new phenomena for online media platforms. Facebook, Apple, Twitter, YouTube, and even Wikipedia often receive and comply with requests from government bodies to remove content from its platforms in those countries. The reasons for such requests often range from local laws banning certain kinds of content to the publishing of unauthorized material to straight up attempts of censorship.

However, as you can see, many of the companies that receive these takedown requests are social media platforms or services where the content is user-created. The content on Netflix, a subscription-based streaming video service, is all specifically owned by or licensed to the company by television rights holders and Hollywood distributors.

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Top translation apps for filling your passport (and your home screen)

Traveling isn’t just about the destination. Translation applications are essential to understanding. Even if you have months of Duolingo under your belt, your vocabulary will still be behind native speakers. Get yourself a translation app and suddenly you’ll be way more comfortable navigating communication in a foreign land. Apps have a variety of features, so…

Traveling isn’t just about the destination.

Translation applications are essential to understanding. Even if you have months of Duolingo under your belt, your vocabulary will still be behind native speakers. Get yourself a translation app and suddenly you’ll be way more comfortable navigating communication in a foreign land.

Apps have a variety of features, so prioritize what you’ll need. There is real-time voice translation, phrasebooks, and picture translation, making these great tools for both learning and translation. Use phrasebooks to ask essential questions, voice translators to understand native speakers, and picture translators to read signs and menus. If you’re unsure if you’ll have a cell signal, make sure to get an app with offline translation.

If you’re traveling, you should probably check out our other resources on the matter. We know the best carry-on luggage, best travel adaptors to make your charger go global, and the best travel pillows that aren’t awkward.

Because I’m nowhere near bilingual, I phoned a friend or two to help me try these apps. My roommate is fluent in Spanish, and she spent the summer in Costa Rica. I asked her for a good test of an app’s knowledge of slang. She said “library” is “biblioteca” in Spanish, but locals often shorten it to “biblio.” So I told my phone “Vamos al biblio” over and over to test each app. All of the apps answered incorrectly, but a few picked up that it’s close to “book” and “Bible.”

My dad also offered an assist on app testing. He has been learning German and works on it everyday for a few hours. To test the apps, he sent me a paragraph from Der Herr de Ringe (that’s The Lord of the Rings in German) with lots of similar words like “coach” and “trainer” to see if the software could pick up on the intricacies. None of the translations were perfect, but none were awful either. 

I ran my tests on 17 of the highest-rated translation apps to find my top picks — here they are.

Best translation app overall

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The Good

Cultural education function • Conversion chart • Free

The Bad

Translation features aren’t as developed as other apps

The Bottom Line

Instead of being just one tool, this app is an entire toolbox.

1. TripLingo

This app combines multiple tools for international travel while maintaining a translation focus.

  • Voice translator: Yes
  • Text translator: Yes
  • Photo translator: Yes
  • Phrasebook: With subscription
  • Offline translation: Yes
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TripLingo is the three-in-one hair and body wash of travel apps. But just like that ambitious three-in-one, this app has its downfalls.
TripLingo knows that you may have more than one travel need, so it tries to fill many roles. Just don’t expect the best from every single function. Reviewers on the App Store report bugs, like not being able to hear the translations. One reviewer said the developer fixed his concerns, and I haven’t experienced problems myself.
There are four tabs lining the bottom of the screen: home, culture, tools, and safety. Inside, there’s all three types of translators and many languages. Plus, it’ll help you convert inches to centimeters.
If you want to memorize a little, TripLingo provides flashcards and quizzes to help you learn. But certain features like an advanced phrasebook requires a subscription,
All the tools make this a good download. It’s great for short trips where you don’t need much detail to enjoy your stay. For longer cultural immersions, I’d pick apps that specialize in each area of travel.

Best translation app for social media

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The Good

Translate across your apps with Go Translate keyboard • Accurate translations

The Bad

It costs more than your Netflix subscription

The Bottom Line

On par with many of the other translator apps on the market, it’s the integrated keyboard that sets it apart from.

2. Go Translate

Full features require some dough, but options like an integrated keyboard make Go Translate stand out.

  • Voice translator: Yes
  • Text translator: Yes
  • Photo translator: With subscription
  • Phrasebook: No
  • Offline translation: With subscription
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From Afrikaans to Zulu, Go Translate speaks many, many languages. If you feel like backpacking through multiple countries, the app has got you every step of the way.
I love this app for its integrated keyboard that follows me to every app on my phone, meaning it’ll easily translate my Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter. It’s great for the age of influencers, where it’s integral to attract eyes from all over the world.
The app isn’t practical for me because it costs $10 per week, which totals to $520 a year. Of all the subscription services, I’d sooner send my dog a BarkBox. But the weekly charge means you can make it through a short trip and cancel when you get home with minimal expense.
Reviewers on the App Store like the accuracy of the translations and help with pronunciations while many other brag that it helped them ace a class

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10 of the best running watches in the UK

Newsflash: Running is hard. Unless you’re one of those rare and confusing individuals who just gets up and runs for miles, the act of hauling yourself up from the sofa and pounding the pavement for more than a few minutes is tough. This is why those who commit to this torturous hobby do everything they…

Newsflash: Running is hard. Unless you’re one of those rare and confusing individuals who just gets up and runs for miles, the act of hauling yourself up from the sofa and pounding the pavement for more than a few minutes is tough.

This is why those who commit to this torturous hobby do everything they can to make it more bearable. Runners will often spend big on the comfiest trainers and snazziest leggings, all in the pursuit of a less painful experience.

We’re not going to pretend that splashing out on all the best gear is going to instantly transform you into an elite athlete, but it could make a real difference. Take running watches for example: These clever little devices are designed to optimise and personalise your training to improve your performance. Sounds helpful, right?

Some of the most basic running watches provide data on your step count, calorie burn, and distance travelled. The more advanced models can monitor your sleep, record your heart rate, and even track your running route so you can later analyse your elevation, speed, and much more. All of this data provides a clear picture of your masochistic practises.

Listen, we’re not suggesting that you start running regularly, because frankly that sounds like a lot of work. However, if you’re determined to get out there, you might as well make it easy on yourself. Get all the gear and have no idea, so at least you’ll look good when you’re crawling on your hands and knees. Plus, you’ll be able to measure how quickly you were running before you passed out. 

We know this is all very persuasive and you’re probably sold on the idea of a running watch. That’s great, but which model will work best for you? It’s a tricky question that we have attempted to answer by tracking down some of the best options from top brands like Garmin, Fitbit, and Apple. Whether you’re just starting out or training to be the best, there should be something on this list for you.

These are the best running watches for 2020.

Best for multiple sports

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The Good

Heart rate tracking • Receive texts, emails, calls, and social media alerts • VO2 max estimate • Race predictor • Recovery advisor • Multisport feature

The Bad

Pricey • Limited smart features

The Bottom Line

Great running watch for users who want to focus on sport and don’t require the smart features of Apple or Fitbit.

Garmin Forerunner 735XT

The multisport feature provides a seamless transition as you move between activities.

  • Battery life: 5 days
  • Weight: 45.4 grams
  • GPS: Yes
  • Water resistant: Yes
£299.99 from Amazon

The first name that comes to mind when you think about running watches is Garmin, and that’s because the brand has a number of great devices for runners of all abilities.
The Garmin Forerunner 735XT is probably your best option if you like to do more than just run, because of its automatic multisport feature that provides a seamless tracking transition as you move from the pool to the bike and from your bike to the track. The Forerunner 735XT is compatible with workouts for running, cycling, and pool swimming, meaning it’s perfect for triathletes.
When it comes to running specifically, this watch provides detailed information on stride length, ground contact time, and much more, presenting a clear picture of your style. This sort of detail could make all the difference.

Best for sleep tracking

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The Good

Heart rate monitoring • Daily workout guidance • Nightly recovery measurement • Not too pricey

The Bad

Battery life could be better • Some connection issues reported

The Bottom Line

A running watch that cares about your recovery as well as your workout.

Polar Ignite

Follow your sleep stages and get detailed insights into your bedtime behaviour.

  • Battery life: 5 days
  • Weight: 35 grams
  • GPS: Yes
  • Water-resistant: Yes
£199.50 from Amazon

Polar is not as famous as brands like Garmin and Apple, but it’s definitely something to consider if you run regularly.
The Polar Ignite fitness watch comes with advanced wrist-based heart rate monitoring, integrated GPS, personalised daily workout guidance, and a nightly recovery measurement. This last feature is what sets this device apart from the competition, as the sleep tracker monitors your sleep stages and gives you feedback and a numerical sleep score. Recovery is important, guys.
The integrated GLONASS tracks your speed, distance, and route, with the FitSpark training guide offering ready-made on-demand workouts that match your recovery and readiness. 

Best for apps

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The Good

ECG feature • Always-on Retina display • Band colours • Running apps

The Bad

Sleep tracking

The Bottom Line

The Series 5 goes further than any smartwatch has gone before and should appeal to even the most hardcore runners.

Apple Watch Series 5

The Apple Watch offers a wide range of dedicated running apps.

  • Battery life: 18 hours
  • Weight: 36.7 grams
  • GPS: Yes
  • Water-resistant: Yes
£399 from Amazon

The Apple Watch Series 5 might not be specifically designed for runners, but it’s so advanced that it can get the job done.
You get access to a wide range of health and fitness features as well as dedicated running apps. No other device can really compete with this selection, and the likes of Strava, Runkeeper, and Nike+ Run Club can really help you to stay on top of your objectives.
This device is also a great option for runners due to its ECG, fall sensing, and emergency calling capabilities. If the watch detects something unsettling, it will let you know. Getting a warning like this from your watch could potentially save your life.
The always-on Retina display lets you see these all-important stats at a glance on the run without having to twist and hold your wrist in position, which is useful when you’re running hard.

Best for performance data

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The Good

Rugged design • Detailed performance data • Three-axis compass, gyroscope, and barometric altimeter • Smart notifications

The Bad

Expensive

The Bottom Line

This is just about as good as it gets, but it will cost you dearly.

Garmin Fenix 6

Performance data includes training load balance, training status, and running and cycling dynamics.

  • Battery life: 120 days
  • Weight: 81.6 grams
  • GPS: Yes
  • Water-resistant: Yes
£475 from Amazon

The Garmin Fenix 6 multisport watch offers cutting-edge design and performance, and it’s just about the best running watch that money can buy.
It’s contoured for a seriously comfortable fit, with easy-to-access features that include enhanced heart rate monitoring, built-in activity profiles, VO2 max estimates, and much more. Plus, you can even get performance metrics and training load balance readings to see how you’re progressing (or not).
Satellite navigation and tracking functions combine with a three-axis compass and barometric altimeter to give you reliable readings even when you’re running off-road. No other running watch on this list can off

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I took out a loan with cryptocurrency and didn’t sign a thing

Last week, I took out a loan without meeting anyone, signing anything, or even interacting with a human being.  I also invested in a variety of assets that earn interest of up to 5.9 percent a year. I did it all on my own, from my computer. All I needed was some cryptocurrency and a…

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Last week, I took out a loan without meeting anyone, signing anything, or even interacting with a human being. 

I also invested in a variety of assets that earn interest of up to 5.9 percent a year. I did it all on my own, from my computer. All I needed was some cryptocurrency and a knowledge of how these systems work. 

The amounts were tiny: The loan was $30, and I had $95 worth of crypto earning interest. But I could’ve easily done the same with much larger amounts, at those exact same terms. 

To do all this, I was using freely available DeFi, or decentralized finance, services based on the Ethereum blockchain. DeFi is one of the key usages of Ethereum, which, besides being a cryptocurrency, is also a decentralized app platform where most of the currently available DeFi apps reside. 

DeFi, in general, encompasses financial services which are transparent, decentralized, and trustless. Instead of having to go to a bank to get a loan, provide your ID and credit score, then have a human assess your situation and decide whether you can get the money, with DeFi it’s all algorithmic. A smart contract, with an open-source code available to everyone to check, handles everything. All you need is to provide some ether or ETH — the currency of Ethereum — or another crypto asset as collateral and choose what you want to do. The smart contract takes care of the rest. 

Like I said, all of these services are trustless and decentralized — up to a degree. Some require you to create an account; with others, you don’t even have to enter your email anywhere. Of course, rules apply: You cannot just lend thousands of dollars worth of crypto without any collateral.

Dead simple, even for a newbie

It’s been possible to do this for quite a while, thanks to startups such as Maker, Compound, Nexo, and others. But the process wasn’t always simple for someone who doesn’t know much about Ethereum and cryptocurrencies in general. 

However, a new Ethereum mobile wallet called Argent removes nearly all the friction from DeFi —literally anyone can use it with very little or no prior knowledge. Argent is currently in an invite-only beta, but it’s fully functional, and everything I’ve done with it was real — actual cryptocurrency was moved around and locked in smart contracts that provided the functionality described above. 

Making a savings account in Argent is dead simple.

Making a savings account in Argent is dead simple.

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Let’s say you’re a complete newbie when it comes to cryptocurrencies. After installing Argent, which is a regular mobile app (I used the iOS version, but it’s also av

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